Mythical Drabbles: ‘A Bad Place for a Campsite’ by Gabriella Balcom

Today we have a Tibetan myth-inspired drabble by Gabriella Balcom. Enjoy!

A Bad Place for a Campsite

Gabriella Balcom

Dawa staggered to a tree, crushing plants along the way, and urinated on it. At the campsite, he tried to start a fire, but fumbled matches repeatedly.

Tenzin sighed. “You’re drunk.” 

After more unsuccessful attempts, Dawa flushed, grabbed his machete, and swung it wildly at plants and bushes, damaging them.

An ominous rumbling sounded.

Stop.” Tenzin bit his lip. “People say the nyen get angry when their territory is disturbed.”

“Rubbish.” Dawa started chopping trees, and the rumbling intensified.

Tenzin fled when dark shapes oozed from the ground, undulating back and forth.

Dawa gaped, shrieking when they shot toward him.


Gabriella Balcom lives in Texas, works in a mental health field, and writes fantasy, horror/thriller, romance, sci-fi, and more. She loves great stories, forests, mountains, and back roads, and has a weakness for lasagna, garlic bread, tacos, cheese, and chocolate. She has had 240+ works accepted for publication, and was nominated in 2020 for the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award. Gabriella won second place in JayZoMon/Dark Myth Company’s 2020 Open Contract Challenge, and her novelette, Worth Waiting For, came out recently. Her book, On the Wings of Ideas, and novelette, “Free’s Tale: No Home at Christmas-time” came out in 2020, and two other novellas pend publication. Her Facebook author page: https://m.facebook.com/GabriellaBalcom.lonestarauthor

Work Published with INSIGNIA STORIES:

Mythical Creatures of Asia (Insignia Drabbles Vol.3.)

Mythical Beings of Asia (Insignia Drabbles Vol.4.)


Read more Mythical Drabbles online here!


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